dltv 208 episode
Run time 39:01Producer pcmagAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage English
Veronica Belmont is here! Funky Gadgets that Plug into a Cigarette Lighter. HDTV Sources, UT3 and More!
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What's new in Episode 208
• This podcast brought you by Audible.com.
• Veronica Belmont stopped by for one last visit before the the year's end.
• CompUSA is closing its doors at the end of the year. So if you're looking for a sweet deal on some computer technology checkout your local CompUSA stores.
• Viewer Comments: Stephen chimed in about car alternators stating that he had his S-10's alternator rebuilt to output twice the amps as the stock one to accommodate his stereo upgrade.
• Viewer Comments: James emailed with an important correction about the Sony VAIO VGN-NR160 we mentioned on the last show. We erroneously referred to its clock speed as being 2GHz when it's actually 1.5GHz.
• HD Sources: With HDTV's making up one of the most sought after gifts this season plenty of folks will be staring at a shiny new HD set this holiday. But what are you going to be watching on this fabulous new set; the same old boring SD content? Fear not! Robert is here with the top sources for HD content that will make happy you upgraded your TV.
• Cigarette Lighter Gadgets: Last week we looked at power inverters that enable you to run household appliances and gadgets inside a car. However, devices designed from the outset to run off a car's electrical system are a bit more efficient. So we had Scott run out and buy a select group of cigarette lighter enabled devices that should add a dollop of convenience to any road trip.
• Game Review: Garnett Lee from 1up.com is here to gives us the lowdown on Unreal Tournament III. Can a hit PC FPS franchise succeed in the videogame console environment?
• Finally Greg has a question about why his system, although outfitted with 4GB of RAM, shows a little under 3GB in Vista Ultimate. The short answer is that the way the PC was designed portions of system memory address space are used to access other hardware in the system. Partially because of the need to retain backward compatibility the issue crops up every so often as systems with 4GB or more of system RAM are quite common today. Robert suggests the SP1 patch to Vista will allow full access to the system's RAM. In my personal view the best thing to do, if you want all 4GB of RAM usable, is to upgrade to a 64 bit OS like Vista 64-bit, XP 64-bit, or the 64-bit versions of Linux. The flip side is that taking this path will open you up to driver issues (no 64-bit driver(s) for a particular piece of hardware) as well as some performance lag (although minor in most cases).
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